UP COMEDY TEACHERS
Jay Sodagar is a leading UK
comedian, who has been performing in the UK since
1998, and can be seen regularly at Jongleurs and
Highlight comedy clubs across the country, as well
as at numerous other venues including the Comedy
Store, Comedy Cafe and many others.
Since 2004 Jay has taught
comedy at the Hastings adult education Forum,
leading students of all standards to becoming
successful stand-up comedians with a programme
similar to that of the About Comedy Courses, and is
one of the most established tutors on the Laughing
Horse Courses, teaching them since 2006, and working
with students of all skill levels to improve their
Jay has performed at the
Edinburgh Fringe in his own shows annually since
2003, and knows the comedy circuit at all levels.
"A very slick performer"
Edinburgh Evening News "Challenging and extremely
funny" - Evening Standard "Induces Belly Laughter" -
The List “What comedy night would be complete
without the talents and rapier-like wit of Jay
Sodagar?" - The BBC
Many years ago Lewis started out
as an actor, performing in several musical theatre
and drama productions, notably for
New Peckham Varieties (now Theatre Peckham).
Lewis attended a stand up comedy
course in 2003, and has been performing Stand-up
comedy ever since.
Lewis is a regular compere,
performer and Promoter within the
Laughing Horse organisation. As well as his work
with Laughing Horse and a Director of Comedy Point,
Lewis is a regular performer for a variety of
promoters up and down the UK.
Alongside this, until September
2012 Lewis ran a parallel career in Theatre
Management within the West End, responsible for
building, staff and operational management and a
team of up 70 staff. This background has given Lewis
an understanding of H & S Law, staff development and
training techniques and the challenges involved in
managing people from all walks of life.
Lewis is currently keeping busy
performing at, promoting and creating comedy nights,
and other entertainment events, delivering tuition,
corporate courses and consultation with
organisations on a range of topics.
Jojo Sutherland runs our
Edinburgh courses, and is one of Scotland's leading
female comedian. A charismatic performer Jojo
performs in all of the major comedy clubs across the
UK, and she is also a contributor to several
newspapers, a radio presenter, and an actress that
works in theatre and film.
She has performed at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2000, with her own
theatre company and solo stand-up shows, and she now
also runs her own comedy venue - The Shack.
Jojo had been teaching
stand-up at all levels for a number of years now.
Kevin McCarron started performing
in the UK in 1997,and the skills that make Kevin a
natural performer have been developed over a number
of years as a comedian, and also through lecturing
at the University of Surrey, both in Stand-up and
Performance, and as a Reader in English Literature.
Since 2001 Kevin has taught
stand-up comedy at the University of Surrey, and he
has also taught a course entitled "The History,
Theory and Performance of Stand-Up comedy". In 2002
he was invited to offer advice to new comedians
which was dramatised in a radio programme called
`Starting in Stand-Up’, produced by Felix Gill and
Rajan Malhotra (Montreal Solutions Ltd), and
broadcast on radio stations in Great
Britain and Canada. It was also commercially
released as a compact disc.
In his role as Reader in English
Literature, Dr. McCarron is the leading UK expert in
William Golding, and has published books in
nineteenth and twentieth-century American
literature, addiction, popular music, adolescent
writing and Dystopian and Utopian literature. Since
2001 he has performed a number of comedy routines
after academic 'away days', after academic
conferences, at fund-raising events and social
events. Kevin was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in
2005. He has been nominated twice for a National
Teaching Fellowship and in 2007 he received a UCU
`Life Changers' award in the category of `Inspiring
Rick Kiesewetter’s 2nd stand-up
gig was the 2002 “So You Think You’re Funny” semi
final and he’s been performing ever since. Rick is a
3 time winner of the notorious ‘Gong Show’ at
London’s Comedy Store. Other notable competitions
include; BBC Stand-up 2003 semi finalist, Metro
London Comedy Festival Newcomer 2003 finalist, FHM
2004 finalist, Beat the Frog 2005 finalist and Last
Comic Standing London finalist 2007.
Rick continues to gig around a
range of venues in the UK. Everything from theatre
gigs to small pubs. He has also performed in the US.
He can be seen regularly at gigs for both the
Laughing Horse and 99 Club. In 2003, Rick and Duncan
Edwards wrote and performed in a show called ‘Five
Stars the Scotsman.’
Rick has combined his experience
as an award-winning advertising copywriter and
stand-up to run workshops for the MA course at Bucks
New University, teaching the value of stand-up
skills in advertising. He’s also developed his
stand-up tutoring skills at Roehampton University,
lectured in advertising at Coventry University and
regularly gives lectures for British Design and Art